My first topic! Let's see how it'll go down... (Oh, and if it's in the wrong place, feel free to move it. In fact, I think it is in the wrong place.) OK, where do I begin? I've had an interesting idea rummaging in my head for a good while. It's a historical-fiction mystery series...but I have problems. Namely I can't decide which period would be best for the story and the main character himself, I don't know where to put him. (nevermind the fact that he's blind and everything's from his POV, but that I can handle) I've got two time periods in my mind: Colonial America or 1850s Alabama. To better sort it out, I'll turn it into a list-type thing. COLONIAL AMERICA: > The main character is a French orphan named Aimon (His English name is Amos) who lives in a tavern. > I can have a Patriot/Loyalist angle, so that's good. > Whenever I think of them, they're walking around in Colonial-style clothings doing Colonial things, so maybe that's a sign that it should be in Colonial America? > How many stories have there been about the Revolution? Countless! Also, I can already see a cliched "Choose Your Side" story because of the patriot/loyalist angle. > I'm kinda sick of reading about nothing but the Revolution. 1850s ALABAMA > It's in a time of peace, America's a nation, so that's good. > The main character is a Mexican orphan named Miguel who was rescued from the Mexican War (Or his family fled from there when it happened) > He lives with the Maywalkers in their plantation. > Only problem is, I have a decade to work with before America splits into Civil War. > Another problem is that instead of the patriot/loyalist angle, I have the pro/anti slavery thing and I do not want to explore that. > I do like the name "Miguel". > I live in Alabama and have books about Alabama in the 1850s. That's my big problem. I love both time periods to death, so I can't pick out the best one. If I do one of them, the other one begs for my attention. I once asked this on another forum and some suggested I have it all set in a different place entirely, like Russia or the Ottoman Empire. I do find that interesting, but I'm not sure I want to do it. What should I do? P.S. If you want me to clarify some more, let me know and I'll be glad to help. EDIT: The biggest problem I have is that although it's just historical fiction, I can't help but try being 100% as accurate as possible, and it's cramping my writing.